Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A New Year, New Start...

I blogged a few new pieces over the previous month, dipping my toes back into the world of displaying my writing. Having had a break away, plenty of writing got done, but it seemed to be sitting around doing nothing once I'd tapped out every writer's favourite short sentence, “The End”. A mixture of reasons, some personal, some not that contributed to me just getting my head down and getting the words out. Then last week I read on Matt Hilton's blog about whether or not people read blogs any more and his current perspective of them.

This got me thinking about when I was blogging at least once a week. It dawned on me those times were when I was most productive. It seemed to be an epicentre of everything I was up to. Whether it be announcing that some place had accepted a story, some place had rejected it. What new places were open for submission, reviewing a book or just having a rant about fuck-all.

I've decided I'm going to start again, it'd be impossible to pick up directly where I left off. I'm gonna be hitting the eZines and anthos again and get everything up to speed, and I'm gonna blog about it.

Now, before I say the following, I do not mean to offend anyone, hey, they're your words you can do with them as you wish. But you will not see me trying to pimp a self-published eBook, or anything like that on here, or anywhere to that point, this is about writing and the journey. It must suit some people and good luck to them, if it's bringing in some extra moolah for them, then enjoy the cash. There's something about the traditional route of publishing that has always had a kind of romance to it. I'm gonna keep to that this year whilst trying to get an agent for my novel etc. If it doesn't happen, nevermind, I'll just keep on writing. It should be about having fun, not spamming folks here, there and everywhere. I've bought some of the eBooks from friends, but only because I wanted to. One of the major turn-offs for me is when you see all these calls for, “You buy my book, I'll buy your book.”, “You review my book, I'll review your book.” “Please like my book page here, here and here, and I'll like yours.” To me I can't see how it can get you anywhere once you've exhausted the tit-for-tat sales and the 'group masturbation' session has waned.

I'll keep adding the eBooks and made-from-tree-books I do like to the pimped page above, so know that if your on there I'm not aiming anything at you lol.

Now I'm off to pick a couple of Ezines to send some stories to. I'll let you know what I find.

Happy New Year.


  1. No offense taken. Of course, I'm rather with you, point for point. So for me, I'm looking forward to seeing what you blog.

    Good luck with the Ezines -- which reminds me, I've got to subscribe to Duotrope today. Forgot to do that yesterday, and I hope my info is still available.

  2. Glad to hear my moan and groan actually helped motivate you, Lee. It's a hidden talent of mine ;-)